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We congratulate four of our partners on their selection to the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. David Bruce, Duncan Manville, James Savitt, and Stephen Willey have again been recognized for their litigation excellence in Bet-the-Company, Commercial, and Intellectual Property. David Bruce was also recognized for excellence in Municipal Law. James Savitt, in addition to being named to Best Lawyers in multiple practice areas since 2014, was also named “Lawyer of the Year” in Seattle for Bet-the-Company Litigation in 2021. The ...


“First Thing We Do…”

There may never have been a moment in our nation’s history in which the lawyer’s approach to problems has been more important:  adherence to process, and the demand for and reliance upon evidence.  Every official who has actually made a decision, most of them lawyers, has done so. -- James P. Savitt


We are pleased to announce Tyler Peterson has joined SBW as Of Counsel. Tyler’s addition both broadens and deepens the firm’s expertise to serve our clients.  Tyler brings to SBW deep expertise in trade secret, trademark, patent, copyright and other intellectual property litigation, along with extensive experience in commercial, malpractice, products liability and consumer protection cases. Before joining SBW, Tyler was partner in the litigation boutique, Peterson Baker P.S., and previously honed his skills at Heller Ehrman and Perkins Coie. He is ...


In Washington, a party does not have to actually file a complaint in Superior Court to start a lawsuit and trigger the time period within which the defendant must respond.[1]  Instead, a party can commence a lawsuit by serving a complaint and summons on the defendant.[2]  This process is commonly called “pocket service.”  It is different from the procedure in federal court and most state courts, where a party must file a complaint in court to ...


We are pleased to announce that Savitt Bruce & Willey LLP has again been recognized by U.S News & World Report as a “Best Law Firm” both nationally and regionally in multiple practice areas. The firm’s Intellectual Property Litigation practice was again ranked as a top firm nationally. And SBW was recognized once again as a “Tier 1” top firm in the Seattle metro area in each of Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation and Real Estate Litigation. Thank you to our ...


We are pleased to announce that James Herr has joined SBW as an associate. James brings his passion, creativity and significant trial experience to our firm and the representation of our clients.  Before joining Savitt Bruce & Willey, James handled civil rights litigation and criminal cases at the Mazzone Law firm and the Snohomish County Public Defenders, where he tried more than a dozen jury cases to verdict. James previously interned for the Honorable Robert Cleland of the U.S. District Court for ...


We are pleased to announce the promotion of Sarah Gohmann Bigelow and Brandi B. Balanda to Of Counsel with our firm. Sarah has been providing excellent service to our clients since 2011.  Her practice focuses on business tort, intellectual property, class action, and securities claims across multiple industries. Sarah has successfully represented technology startups and their founders in trade secret and fiduciary duty cases, and has extensive experience in actions involving claims and issues under the ’33 and ’34 federal securities ...


The core mission of Best Lawyers is to highlight top legal talent in America. Lawyers listed to The Best Lawyers in America are divided by geographic region and practice areas. Recognition is based entirely on peer review concerning professional expertise in particular areas, through a confidential evaluation and voting process. We congratulate five of our partners on their selection to the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. David Bruce, Duncan Manville, James Savitt, Stephen Willey, and Miles Yanick have again been ...


In a prior post, this blog explored a range of defenses to contract claims brought in the wake of nonperformance caused by the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  This post examines one such defense in detail—the force majeure defense—and how the unique circumstances of the pandemic may impact attempts to assert or defeat such a defense. So-called “force majeure” clauses are commonplace in business contracts.  A typical force-majeure clause has three main features: (1) a list of enumerated events, (2) ...


SBW Lawyers recognized by Super Lawyers

We are proud that all our firm's partners -- David Bruce, James Savitt, Michele Stephen, Stephen Willey, Miles Yanick, and Duncan Manville have been voted to the 2020 Super Lawyers list, including two to the list of the 2020 Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers.  We also congratulate Duffy Graham, named again to Washington Super Lawyer, and to Brandi Balanda and Jacob Freeman, named to Washington Rising Stars.